How to Read Your Meter

What is a Water Meter?

A water meter is a device that measures the volume of water delivered to a property. In El Paso, we measure water in cubic feet. One cubic foot equals about 7.5 gallons.

The face of a water meter.

Step 1: Locate Your Meter

Most residential water meters are located near the curb or sidewalk at the front of the property in a concrete "box." It is likely in a direct line from the main outside faucet of your home. The water meter box will have a metal lid and may be marked "Water."

Use a long screwdriver to remove the lid. However, be cautious as insects, reptiles or other small animals occasionally take residence inside the boxes. Lift the cover. You may need to wipe dust, dirt or debris from the face to read it.

Step 2: Read Your Water Meter

Since El Paso Water bills in hundred cubic foot (CCF) increments we only read up to the thousand foot dial (the last dial that has a black digit against a white background). This number increases by one every time a hundred cubic feet of water passes through the meter.

The small red triangular dial near the center of the register is a flow or leak indicator and it will turn counterclockwise with the slightest amount of water that flows through the meter, even a dripping faucet.


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